‘Rockets falling, explosions over sea’: Witnesses recall moment of Israeli raid in Latakia (VIDEO)

Witnesses have described the Israeli raid in Syria’s Latakia that saw the Russian Il-20 plane tragically downed by an anti-aircraft rocket. Speaking to RT’s agency Ruptly, residents recalled rockets raining down and huge blasts. Local man Ammar Altounji said the incident unfolded when he was walking with his friends on Monday. “Suddenly we heard a […]

‘A form of warfare’: Senate passes anti-opioid bill as overdoses ravage America

The Senate has passed a bill aimed at combating the influx of synthetic opioids into the US, as the nation grapples with soaring overdose rates. The ‘Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention’ Act, or STOP Act, was passed with a 99-1 vote on Monday, almost one month after President Donald Trump demanded the flow, via the […]

Allegations against Kavanaugh like ‘dynamite wrapped in radioactive material’ – NBC host

Allegations of sexual misconduct against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are like “four sticks of dynamite wrapped in radioactive material” due to their timing, NBC host Chuck Todd has said. College professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 35 years ago at a high school party. Kavanaugh, who was nominated […]

Bad singing, pepper spray & Russophobia: Top hits of US midterms’ campaign cringefest (VIDEO)

As the critical midterm elections move closer in the US, campaigning ads are often crossing over from of the realm of eye-catching, and straight into the bizarre. Here are some of this year’s most cringeworthy hits. With this year’s midterms seen as a battle royale of the Democrat “blue wave” against the Republicans’ tenuous legislative […]

Putin on Israel’s role in Il-20 downing: ‘Looks accidental, like chain of tragic circumstances’

The downing of the Russian Il-20 plane looks like “a chain of tragic circumstances,” Vladimir Putin said in response to a reporter’s question on whether it could be compared to Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet in 2015. Read more “When people are dying – especially under such circumstances – it is always a […]

‘Erotic spasm’: Lib Dem leader Cable’s saucy criticism of Brexiteers EU pull-out technique

Lib Dem leader Vince Cable will tell his party members that Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson are willing to allow “years of economic pain” to enjoy the “erotic spasm” of leaving the EU, in his conference speech on Tuesday. Cable, who will use the rather graphic depiction of Brexiteer MPs’ attitudes towards the UK’s impending […]

Putin & Orban need each other more than ever, but do they dare come closer during Moscow talks?

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban arrives in Russia to meet Vladimir Putin on Tuesday with both states under diplomatic siege. Will the two downplay their political affair in front of Europe’s judging eyes? Nominally, there is nothing notable about Orban’s one-day visit: he was last in Moscow just two months ago for the World Cup […]

The United Nations' Therapy Dog

It’s just after noon at the United Nations Staff Counsellor’s Office, and Chloe, the resident therapy dog, has already earned her keep — as well as that office catnap, er, pup-nap. Since Chloe’s arrival that morning, some 10 U.N. staffers have received a quick nuzzle or kiss from the 5-year-old English bulldog, who wags her […]

A Secular Backlash Against Islamism Is Brewing in Indonesia

Only 15 months ago, a right-wing Islamist-led uprising helped defeat Jakarta’s ethnically Chinese, Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as “Ahok.” Then, earlier this year, a radicalized Muslim family killed 14 people at churches in Surabaya, sending shock waves through the Islamic world’s most populous nation. But now a secular backlash is brewing, and it’s […]

Norway didn’t know much about Libya yet helped bomb it into chaos, state report finds

A Norwegian state report says the officials “had very limited knowledge” of what was going on in Libya, but promptly decided to join the US-led intervention, turning the once thriving North African nation into a terrorist hotbed. Norway rushed to help its NATO allies to pound Libya with airstrikes in 2011, without understanding what was […]